Reply 20 of 107, by creepingnet
BitWrangler wrote on 2021-08-19, 15:12:
Running raw naked XP pre SP1 is fine as long as you keep it airgapped from critical infrastructure, about 3 miles away from the nearest powerlines with a solar panel and inverter should do. 🤣
Even windows 7 is making me nervous these days... yes, firewalls are a thing, but with retro machines, it feels like putting a 2 million sea wall around your beach house, then drilling it full of holes so you can still enjoy the view.
That's why I avoid XP, Vista, 7, 8 - they to me are still at this point where they are still at risk because there are a lot of bits and pieces that may still be compatible with modern malware. Also, I don't see a point in using those at all because a lot of the stuff that runs on XP for me still runs on Windows 10 or even on Wine in Linux Mint, so I just don't see a point in having anything newer than a Pentium system in my collection for that reason. I can even run the ORiginal Sims using Lutris in Linux Mint....so what's the point?
Now, when it comes to pre 1998 - I'm perfectly fine with having that stuff on my network, because there's no reason a person could or would want to attack those systems, let alone know how to do it effectively enough to do any real damage, and because of various changes, including the disabling of SMB 1.0 in most modern O/Ses, getting into a modern machine from one of the old ones would be very hard, even moreso since the modern machines are Mac and Linux, and the old machines mostly run Free DOS with batch enabled/disabled drivers and TCP/IP networking - it's like playing Whack-A-Mole.....on in this case Whack-A-486. And reloading? About 30 minutes at most + a couple hours to reload all the software over FTPSRV/Filezilla.